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OR Tambo Airport robbers possibly linked to other crimes

The duo was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning during a police operation.

FILE: OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two men suspected of a spate of robberies at OR Tambo International Airport are expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The duo was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning during a police operation in the upmarket suburb of Oakdene in southern Johannesburg.

Police say this is a breakthrough as the case has been dormant since five Pakistanis were robbed on their way home from the airport last July.

Authorities say one of the suspects arrested is the alleged mastermind behind the syndicate.

Spokesperson Solomon Makgale says investigations will almost certainly link the two to other crimes.

The pair is accused of robbing travellers on their way home from the airport, posing as police officers and following their victims' home.

Police say the men used police lights to pull over their victims.

In almost every robbery, the suspects allegedly flashed police lights at their unsuspecting victims forcing them to pull over near their homes.